Thursday, October 20, 2016

[californiadisasters] On This Date In California Weather History (October 20)

2007: A major Santa Ana Wind event leading to a historic Southern California fire siege that would last several days began today.
The Ranch Fire began on this date about 5 miles north of the City of Santa Clarita near the forest boundary between the Angeles and Los Padres National Forests.
Strong Santa Ana Winds pushed this fire over 58,000 acres burning 10 structures while menacing the towns of Piru and Fillmore and forcing evacuations in both.

2007: Just four days after blowing dust created hazardous traveling conditions in the Kern County desert, another round of wind gusts between 40 and 60 mph once again created severely reduced visibilities.
Highway 58 was closed between exits 167 and 172 as a result.

2004: A large winter season storm pummeled Southern California.
Not just daily, but monthly record rainfall was received in only one day across the region.
The same happened again on 10.27.
The monthly record rainfall was exceeded in only six hours in many locations of Orange County on this day.
Totals for last two weeks of October were 4"-8" in lower elevations, and up to 14" at Lake Arrowhead.
A storm wind of 39 mph was measured at Lindbergh Field from the south, the strongest October wind on record.
1.95" of rain fell in Riverside and 3.15" fell in Santa Ana, the greatest daily amounts on record for October.
3.5" of snow fell in Idyllwild, the greatest daily amount on record for October.
Widespread flooding occurred.
A bridge washed out near Wrightwood.
One was killed in floodwaters near Lytle Creek.
Many mountain roads were impassable with mud and rockslides.
Railroad tracks washed out, derailing a train.
The Santa Ana River flooded, putting horses neck-deep in flood waters in Norco and a rescue was made at a Chino golf course.
Several funnel clouds were reported offshore from San Clemente.

2004: Heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of Kingman, AZ (Mojave Co.).
A local spotter reported water to curb high in several locations in Kingman.

2004: The Nevada 24-hour state precipitation record is set at Mt. Charleston, NV (NW of Las Vegas near CA-NV border), when 7.78" of rain fell.

2004: 18" of snow fell at Mammoth Lakes Ranger Station.

2004: A short-lived F0 tornado touched down just southeast of Dinuba (Tulare Co.).

1996: The morning low temperature at Reno, NV was 18° F.

1991: Hot, dry offshore winds gusting up to 65 mph fanned a large urban fire in the hillsides of northern Oakland and southeastern Berkeley.
The fire, called the Oakland hills firestorm or the Tunnel Fire, ultimately killed 25 people and injured 150 others.
3,354 single-family dwellings were destroyed along with 437 apartment and condominium units. The economic loss has been estimated at $1.5 billion.

1965: A very long heat wave began on this day and ended on 10.29.
A peak temperature of 104° was reached at San Diego on 10.22.
LA had ten consecutive days with afternoon highs reaching at least 100°.

1962: A roofless hull was all that was left of the U.S.F.S. fire lookout tower atop 6,344-foot high Black Butte near Mt. Shasta. Winds tore away the roof and smashed all the windows during a big storm last week.

1957: 3" of snow fell at Glenbrook, NV (east shore Lake Taheo).

1957: Widespread thunderstorms developed each day on this day and on 10.21.
Hail drifted to 18" deep in East LA.
Waterspouts were sighted off Point Mugu and Oceanside.

Source: NWS San Francisco/Monterey, Hanford, Reno, Las Vegas, Phoenix, & San Diego



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